Gazette sport preview: South Fremantle tackles Subi for WAFL grand final spot, while Fremantle Roosters face Rockingham in NRLWA decider

South Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe.
South Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe.

SOUTH Fremantle takes on the WAFL minor premiers in a big preliminary final while the Fremantle Roosters’ premiership grade team is preparing for a huge NRLWA grand final clash in a big weekend of local sport.

WAFL

It all comes down to this for South Fremantle, who have to topple minor premiers Subiaco on its home ground to progress to the WAFL grand final against last year’s premiers Peel Thunder.

The Bulldogs will be full of confidence after an 80 point demolition of Swan Districts last week, but playing the minor premiers away will be a whole other task.

The Lions lost only one game all season when the Bulldogs took them down in round 1 116-77.

Subiaco then went on a big 20-game winning streak, which was ended at the hands of Peel in last week’s semi final.

The Bulldogs might go in as the underdogs but will hope to prove their bite is worse than their bark if they want a crack at the trophy.

South Fremantle takes on Subiaco from 2.40pm September 17 at Leederville Oval.

Rugby league

The Fremantle Roosters premiership grade team is preparing for WA rugby league’s big one.

Having finished the regular season in second, the Roosters take on minor premiers Rockingham in what is expected to be a grand final match up for the ages.

The teams faced each other three times during the regular season, Fremantle taking the points in round 4 36-26 before Rockingham got its own back the next time they met in round 9, winning 32-16.

Fremantle won game three 30-12 and again when the played in round one of the finals, taking out that game 32-28.

The Roosters have made the grand final in every year bar one since 2012, picking up the coveted premiership in 2015.

While it has had the upper hand over its opponent this season, Fremantle needs to avoid complacency if it wants to be crowned premiers for the second time in three years.

Fremantle takes on Rockingham in the NRLWA Premiership Grade grand final from 4pm September 16 at Dorrien Gardens in West Perth.

Fremantle’s women will also take to Dorrien Gardens in their grand final against Joondalup from 10.30am.

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